Dec. 5, 1979

Gen. Lew Allen Jr., Chief of Staff of the U.S. Air Force, arrived at Cannon Air Force Base for a one-day visit. … A 9th judicial court found a Clovis man, James L. Steele, guilty of vehicular homicide in the Sept. 1, 1978, death of his wife Allye May Steele. … A new long-distance phone service referred to as “O plus dialing” was introduced to the Clovis area, allowing residents to complete long-distance calls that previously required the aid of an operator. … An Ektralite camera could be purchased at Kmart for $29.97.